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An Islamic extremist who influenced Elton Simpson, one of the two Muhammad art contest shooters who was himself shot and killed Sunday, had a long history of computer hacking.
CNN reported Thursday that Junaid Hussain, 20, once went by the online pseudonym “TriCk” and led the group TeaMp0isoN during his teenage years. In 2012, Hussain pled guilty to a public nuisance conspiracy charge and a violation of the British Computer Misuse Act, according to London’s Metropolitan Police. CNN has the details:
The first charge was related to a series of ‘nuisance phone calls’ targeting Britain’s anti-terrorism hotline, ‘preventing legitimate callers getting through,’ the Met statement said, while the second charge involved illegally acquiring and publishing former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s address book.
Hussain now goes by Abu Hussain al-Britani, and said the following in a post less than two weeks before the terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, The New York Times reported:
On April 23, 10 days before the Texas attack, Mr. Hassan linked to the planned cartoon event in Texas, praised the January shootings at a satirical newspaper in Paris and called on jihadists in the United States to follow that example.
‘The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part,’ Mr. Hassan wrote in the post. ‘It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.’
Later the same day, Mr. Simpson posted about the cartoon contest, using the handle Shariah is Light: ‘When will they ever learn. They are planning on selecting the best picture drawn of Rasulullah (saws) in Texas.’ Rasulullah (saws) is a respectful phrase for the prophet.
Ahead of the attack on the contest by Simpson and Nadir Soofi, where contestants drew cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, Simpson encouraged his followers on Twitter to follow Hussain. Hussain, now living in Syria, announced on Twitter the attackers had pledged allegiance to ISIS.
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After the story of the attack broke, Hussain tweeted, “Allahu Akbar!!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) art exhibition in texas! #TexasAttack,” according to CNN.
It is possible al-Britani had knowledge an attack was in the works. Several hours before the Garland attack he tweeted, ‘soon we will come to your streets with death and slaughter!’
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